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(PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii) — A ceremony was held on Saturday on the shore overlooking the memorial to the USS Arizona to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Dec. 7, 1941, the U.S. Navy fleet at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japan, a sudden act of aggression that drew the United States into World War II. President Franklin D. Roosevelt called the day “a date which will live in infamy.”

Over 2,400 people were killed in the attack, and a great number of Navy ships and aircraft — including the USS Arizona — were lost.

On Saturday, thousands gathered at Pearl Harbor, including a number of World War II veterans. Ceremonies were also held aboard the USS Intrepid in New York City. A moment of silence was held at 7:55 a.m., the moment when the attack began in 1941.

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